Institute for Sustainable Development

"Sustainable Development" Issues

Caribbean Issues

Goat Islands Jamaica

Letter from IUCN The World Conservation Union on the potential development of Goat Islands, Jamaica





Agriculture, Climate Change, Corruption, Creative Industries, Crime and Violence, Debt, Disasters, Energy, Environmental Management, Mosquito-borne illnesses, Unemployment/Work, Water.


Climate Change 




 See anti-corruption reference links,  Office of the Contractor-General, Jamaica


Creative Industries


See The Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services (SRC), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados for the following:

(a)  Papers on Cultural Industries:

The World Today: Challenges and Opportunities.pdf

The World Today: The Rise of the Creative Economy.pdf
The World Today: The Economics of Bacchanal - The Economic Impact of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.pdf

Culture and Human Development.pdf

Copyright and Music in the Digital Age: Prospects & Implications for the Caribbean, Dr. Keith Nurse

(b) Presentations:

The Creative Economy in CARICOM.pdf  


Crime and Violence

  • Crawford-Brown, Claudette P. J. Children in the Line of Fire: the Impact of Violence and Trauma on Families in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Kingston, Jamaica: Arawak, 2010. Print.

    Book cover: Children in the Line of Fire          
  • The Violence Prevention Alliance, Jamaica, is housed at the Institute for Sustainable Development.
  • From Small Arms Survey:
    • Confronting the Don: The Political Economy of Gang Violence in Jamaica by Glaister Leslie, September, 2010. Working Paper No.
    • No Other Life: Gangs, Guns, and Governance in Trinidad and Tobago, by Dorn Townsend, December 2009. Working Paper No. 8. Download .
  • Report No. 37820,  "Crime, Violence, and Development: Trends, Costs, and Policy Options in the Caribbean" March 2007, A Joint Report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the World Bank. Accessible at:

  • "Understanding the Everyday  Occurrence of Violence in the Cultural Life of the Caribbean: Where Do We Go From Here?" Theme of Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference 2010,  Barbados, May 24 - 28.

  • Book: Harriott, Anthony. Organized Crime and Politics in Jamaica: Breaking the Nexus. Jamaica: Canoe Press, 2008.

  • Dr. Dillon Alleyne, Best Research Publication, Faculty of Social Sciences, "The Potential Jamaican Impact of Criminal Deportees from the US."







Environmental Management


Mosquito-borne illnesses e.g. Dengue Fever



International Labour Organisation themes:


  • Emmanuel, Kwame. "A Strategic Framework For Sustainable Water Resource Management In An Island Economy With Low Freshwater Availability: A Case Study Of Barbados." Diss. University of the West Indies, 2010. Print.

  • UN-Water
  • UNDP's Human Development Report 2006, Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis
  • Mona GeoInformatics Institute, and Water Resources Authority of Jamaica. Water Resources of Jamaica Fact Book. Publication. 2011. Print.


The Mauritius Strategy

United Nations Conference:
The Mauritius Strategy - for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States:

Climate change and sea-level rise

Natural and environmental disasters

Management of wastes

Coastal and marine resources

Freshwater resources

Land resources

Energy resources

Tourism resources

Biodiversity resources

Transportation and communication

Science and technology

Graduation from least developed country status

Trade: globalization and trade liberalization

Sustainable capacity development and education for sustainable development

Sustainable production and consumption

National and regional enabling environments


Knowledge management and information for decision-making



 Division for Sustainable Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. 

Their Sustainable Development topics:  

Sustainable Development Topics